ABRI’s new Code of Conduct sets a high standard for recyclers
A new Code of Conduct has been adopted by members of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to promote the responsible management of used batteries at end of life. Compliance with the Code is a condition of membership. It includes commitments to product stewardship, workplace health and safety, chain of custody responsibility for used batteries and regulatory compliance.
Members acknowledge their shared responsibility for the recovery of used batteries at end of life. Depending on their role and individual circumstances this may include:
• promoting the recyclability of used batteries to resellers and customers
• taking back used batteries from customers for recycling
• safe and environmentally responsible collection of used batteries for recycling
• supporting existing systems for the collection and recycling of used batteries
• working in other ways to promote or enhance existing systems for battery recycling.
Collectors and recyclers must comply with all relevant legal requirements, including but not limited to:
• hazardous waste regulations in each state and territory relating to the storage and transport of used batteries;
• the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code and associated regulations for transport of used batteries in each state and territory;
• the Australian Hazardous Waste Act, which regulates the export of used batteries for recycling; and
• Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
The full Code of Conduct can be viewed here.